Measuring Time Use in Developing Country Agriculture: Evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda

By Greg Seymour, Hazel Malapit, and Agnes Quisumbing

Measuring Time Use in Developing Country Agriculture: Evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Time-use surveys are essential for addressing gender disparities, yet little research has compared time-use survey methods in developing countries.
  • Developing country agricultural contexts present unique logistical challenges to time-data collection, including low literacy and unfamiliarity with clock-oriented time.
  • In Bangladesh and Uganda, there are systematic differences between time-use estimates obtained using stylized questions and time diaries.
  • Men and women experience different emotions toward different types of work, and gender gaps exist in the distribution of pleasant and unpleasant activities.
  • Learning from non-economics disciplines, including research on quality of time, leads to richer insights into gendered time-use patterns.

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